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Vancouver Police Had To Apologize After Freaking Out Over Shatter

No, there is not an epidemic of children overdosing on shatter.

by Manisha Krishnan
Nov 23 2015, 9:55pm

Vancouver police had to do some embarrassing backpedalling Monday, following a social media freak out over the supposedly deadly dangers of shatter.

Perhaps not realizing shatter (aka wax or dabs), is just a concentrated form of weed, the cops sent out a bunch of tweets over the weekend warning people about the drug.

"Parents!!!! Please educate your children on the dangers of 'Shatter'. We cannot lose any more young people to senseless overdoses" read a tweet from the force's gang unit referring to an absolutely bogus scenario that has never happened. Another tweet containing a photo of shatter claimed the drug "can cause temporary psychosis. Looks like toffee. This was seized in a traffic stop tonight. BEWARE."

(Anyone else think it's weird that cops are using ALL CAPS and several exclamation points to get their message across?)

Aside from the toffee comparison, there's no truth to any of these claims, which the police themselves admitted on Twitter Monday.

"While well-intentioned, our tweets about #Shatter weren't accurate & have been deleted. Our apologies. We will do better in future."

Perry Kendall, a BC health officer told Global News that shatter "could make you very stoned" and but hasn't been linked to a fatal overdose. Which makes sense, considering that no one has ever died from smoking too much weed.

Vancouver's finest aren't alone in their ignorance. Illinois police also recently cautioned the public about "hallucinations and other types of psychosis" linked to shatter use.

But weed advocates say the only real danger associated with shatter comes from production—explosions have taken place at home labs.

"If you do it in industrial setting, you can do it perfectly safely. It's about moving it from the black market to the regulated white market to do it," Colorado dispensary owner Kevin Fisher told VICE News.

Photo via Top Shelf Extracts.

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